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Membership benefits

Legal Support

We are the only organisation for musicians that offers a bespoke in-house legal service, including a 24-hour legal helpline. We give advice on your rights as a working musician: that's everything from contracts to copyright and services that ensure you get paid. We also provide support to musicians who employ or engage other musicians.

Important insurances

Benefit from £10m public liability insurance cover, £100k legal expenses insurance cover and exclusive discounts of up to 20% on other insurances including instrument and equipment cover. Discounted professional indemnity insurance will also be available to you as a member, at the reduced cost of £58 a year.

Professional development

We believe in empowering and developing musicians. Whatever your career path, we offer a wealth of award-winning online resources, hundreds of advice pages on a range of subjects from rates to business tips, Brexit to copyright and performers’ rights, funding and much more.

Expert advice

We offer expert advice on key areas that affect musicians, including contracts, copyright, online working, safeguarding and much more. We also offer dedicated advice hubs covering COVID-19 and Brexit.

Wellbeing services

Our counselling service offers structured appointments and CBT, over the phone and face-to-face. If you're injured, get treatment plans and access to local physiotherapists through our service with Physio Med. Our pioneering wellbeing services are provided by the ISM Members Fund.

Professional community

Belong to an active professional community of musicians from all walks of life. Keep in touch with the wider music world through our regular news and campaign updates and join us in fighting for the future of music.

Standing up for musicians' rights

The ISM has a long history of standing up for the rights of musicians and the music profession. Join the movement - get involved with our campaigns and help us fight for the future of music.

Tax and business support

Our comprehensive tax and business services, including our free tax helpline, will help keep you on track throughout your career. Download invoice templates, contracts and guidance for free from our website.

Enhanced status

Being a member of the UK’s professional body for musicians enhances your status and helps you stand out from the crowd. Use letters after your name to strengthen your profile and demonstrate your standing as a music professional.

Exclusive discounts

Save money with our exclusive discounts on everything from instruments and equipment to accommodation and high street brands.


Find work with a free listing on the ISM Music Directory, the UK’s only online directory of music professionals. Promote your gigs and events through our social media and our bi-monthly magazine, Music Journal.

With the ISM you are in safe hands